Noise-cancelling headphones may seem like a luxury item, but take one with you on a long-haul light and you’ll appreciate the investment.
It’s the gadget that I would never leave home without if I’m to cross continents. It cancels out the loud engine noise while the plane cruises at 30,000 feet, so I can easily relax with my soft and slow music playing from my iPod or get some shut eye.
You’d often see some passengers on the plane wearing a pair of Bose or Audio Technica headsets in some flights. You’ll see them on sale at most audio shops at airports around the world.
Bose’s QuietComfort series are, in fact, the bestsellers. Elite travellers swear by them for their sleek and minimalist design and superior active noise-cencelling tech.
The audio company’s latest outing is the QuietComfort 35 (QC35), which packs slick new features that’s going to make a lot of the brand’s loyal followers very happy.
The QC35’s selling point this time is that it has gone wireless, while retaining the tried-and-true design elements of its previous wired QuietComfort offerings.
Using the latest energy-efficient Bluetooth wireless technology, the QC35 promises up to 20 hours of battery life and frees the wearer from cable clutter without sacrificing audio quality that Bose has been known for (though it will not win over the audiophile crowd).
Like its predecessor, the QC35 does a great job shutting down typical everyday ambient noises to a whisper, and as the name suggests, it’s really that comfortable and lightweight to wear especially for extended periods.
The QC35 also includes a detachable audio cable in case you run out of juice and want to continue listening to your music.
There’s also an integrated remote on the QC35’s right ear cup with buttons for adjusting the volume, controlling playback and answering calls when the headset is synced to a smartphone.
They’re still on the pricey side at US$350 (around B$500), but while there are other cheaper noise-cancelling headphones in the market, Bose’s QuietComfort series is still the best of its class.
The QC35 is available in black or silver.